Time Warner Cable Sports Releases Statement on Distribution Reviewed by Momizat on . The 2012-13 NBA regular season is only days away with the Los Angeles Lakers to set to get the ball rolling against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30. Unfortunate The 2012-13 NBA regular season is only days away with the Los Angeles Lakers to set to get the ball rolling against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30. Unfortunate Rating:
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Time Warner Cable Sports Releases Statement on Distribution

The 2012-13 NBA regular season is only days away with the Los Angeles Lakers to set to get the ball rolling against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30.

Unfortunately, it remains uncertain how many Lakers fans might actually get to watch these games in Los Angeles this season with Time Warner Cable SportsNet still unavailable on major networks like Cox Cable and DirecTV.

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With the start of the season less than a week away, Time Warner Cable Sports released the following statement about distribution of the channel dedicated to Lakers coverage:

With the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks, two networks and unprecedented behind-the-scenes programming, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are delivering tremendous value for Southern California sports fans.

Any assertion that we are the highest priced regional sports outlet in the country is simply untrue; as a significant buyer of regional sports across the country, we know that there are higher priced regional sports networks, including Root Sports that we buy from DirecTV.

Cox and DirecTV know that there is no regional sports network anywhere in the country that is offered on an optional tier — that would be unprecedented.

If Cox or DirecTV choose not to carry our networks, we and their customers will be very disappointed but we are confident there will be other alternatives for their customers to see this highly-anticipated Lakers season.

This statement doesn’t give Lakers fans a sense that a deal will get done before the beginning of the regular season next week. In fact, this statement implies that Cox and DirecTV are seriously considering not carrying Time Warner Cable SportsNet altogether and leaving Lakers fans in Los Angeles stuck without an alternative.

It remains to be seen whether or not anything can get done to resolve this situation that is impacting so many fans in the Los Angeles area, but negotiations are bound to kick into high gear over the next week with opening night around the corner.

A deal may ultimately get done before the start of the season, but the frustration continues to build for Lakers fans left searching for other alternatives to watch their team this season.

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  • Andrea

    what about verizon fios????

  • Eddiepatterson3

    what about Charter

  • Carlos Espriu

    Dish Network please?

  • Lakers_824

    I was watching lakers games all the time last year on dish network
    Lakers game on national TV: 31
    Lakers game on Time warner cable: 51
    Guess imma have to watch the rest online

  • Bootyjuice

    A lot of people are blaming TWC for this but they are the wrong target. The Lakers made this deal and collected a boat load of cash to do it. They knew this deal would alienate a lot of fans. Think about all the people who watched n KCAL 9 on bunny ears for free. TWC has every right to get what they think is fair for the programming since they shelled out the cash and created the channels along with all of the content. This is a massive undertaking, a 24/7 Lakers channel. 

    It is your job as consumers to get after you Cox, Directv or whatever service provider you have to demand they buy the package. And I also think the consumers should be putting massive pressure on the Lakers for making this decision knowing the potential outcome. Also, you can put pressure on the city to give the cable company contract to TWC.

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  • Matt

    We were considering switching to Time Warner from U-verse, but the picture quality is so bad, that I can’t imagine seriously switching. My inlaws have a much nicer TV than ours, but when watching cable, our picture looks so much crisper. What a dilemma… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/patronsilvertequila Patron Silver

    I would like to watch the Lakers too, but if the TV companies dont wanna pay, then its OK.  Time Warner will go down the drain as a result because they need the base to pay off their contract.  Once they are swimming in debt, they will sell off the rights and we will get our Lakers back on the air.  UNLESS they compromise their fees to something the TV companies are OK with. Just hang tight, TWC is sweating it too, and the other TV companies know it.  Extortion through monopolism.  Isnt there an anti-trust law against this…?

  • ExLakerFan

    This is truly a sad time for Laker fans.   There is plenty of blame to go around and in order of most at fault for this debacle:
    1. The Lakers – Apparently, the fans are not a priority and in fact, are treated as a commodity.  Nothing but a number on a ratings sheet.  But hey! Who needs fans when you have a guaranteed deal bringing in all that money.  They must have known that all that money they were getting, was going to be coming at the expense of the fans.

    2. The FCC – Once again another federal agency is asleep at the wheel.  They let rules expire that would have prevented all of this from happening in the first place.  Wonder who bought them off?

    3. Time Warner – I get it.  It’s hard to convince people to sign up for an inferior product and service.  So why not hold a beloved team hostage from the people that love them in the hopes that we surrender all logic in a moment of desperation.  I can tell you that this scam will fail.  You might get a few suckers, but the people I’ve talked to would rather go without the Lakers than to switch back to TWC.  And they’re definitely not paying “extra” just to watch the Lakers.

    All of this just adds to the feeling that America is on the decline.  In a time of great economic stress and uncertainty, one thing remains certain.  Greedy billionaires continue to try and find ways to nickle and dime everyone for everything.  Pretty soon the only affordable entertainment we’ll have left is watching a beautiful sunset on the Santa Monica beach were I call home.  At least that is still free… for now.

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